The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate volleyball team starts a strong run in the playoffs with a shutout victory over the Progreso Lady Red Ants in three sets, 25-17, 25-16, and 25-11, Monday, Nov. 4 in San Diego.

RFHS improves its overall record to 28-13.

The Lady Pirates overpowered Progreso with Allie Manson leading the way offensively, tallying 17 kills. The Lady Red Ants had a difficult time stopping Manson at the net.

In set one, Jackie Simmonds and Manson got RFHS rolling to an 8-3 lead. However, Progreso fought back and brought the set to within one point at 16-15.

Progreso temporarily tied the game at 16-16 when Molly Frost was called for a violation near the net. RFHS Head Volleyball Coach Jessica Clark argued the call along with Frost and play was stopped as refereeā€™s discussed the infraction. The call was eventually reversed, putting the score back at 16-15. From then on, RFHS took control of the set to win 25-17.

In set two, Progreso began the set playing well defensively and eventually took a 10-9 lead until Kaylee Howell tied it up at 10 on a put back.

RFHS then took a 17-13 lead as Manson continued to give Progreso problems, along with Simmonds and Howell. As the set continued, Hannah Saegert and Mikayla Molina protected the backcourt well and helped carry RFHS to its set two victory 25-16.

In set three, RFHS took control and flexed its depth against a thin Progeso team with multiple Lady Pirates contributing to the victory. Sydnee Wanzer, Howell, Reese Crosland, and Faith Ngo all had kills to help RFHS stay on top of Progreso in set three, winning 25-11.

After Manson with 17 kills, Howell finished with 11 kills.

Molina led RFHS in assists with 20. Frost finished with 16 assists.

Lauren Moore led RFHS in aces with three.

Manson led RFHS in blocks with one.

H. Saegert and Molina led RFHS in digs with seven.

RFHS will play La Vernia in its area round playoff match either Thursday, Nov. 7 or Friday, Nov. 8. Other game details such as time and location had not been determined at time of press deadline.

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